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Frequently asked questions

Questions

Q.1 What assistance is available to nuclear test participants?

Q.2 Who will pay for my cancer treatment?

Q.3 What types of cancer treatment will DVA pay for?

Q.4 I have other conditions caused by my service at the Nuclear Tests. Can I be compensated for them?

Q.5 How do nuclear test participants access health care?


Q.1 What assistance is available to nuclear test participants?

Answer

  • Australian Defence Force personnel and Australian Public Servants who participated in the British nuclear tests are covered by the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988. This Act provides health treatment and compensation for injuries and diseases incurred during peacetime service.
  • In addition, an Administrative Scheme was established in 1986 following the McClelland Royal Commission, which provides equivalent compensation to all third party civilian contractors, pastoralists and Indigenous Australians who were in a test area at the relevant time.
  • In response to the Mortality and Cancer Incidence Study, military and civilian personnel will also be able to access treatment for all cancers such as those affecting the thyroid, stomach, liver, lung, breast as well as skin cancer.

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Q.2 Who will pay for my cancer treatment?

Answer

  • DVA will pay for treatment that you receive for all cancers when you visit a healthcare provider who agrees to treat you under DVA health arrangements.
  • This applies to eligible Australian Defence Force personnel, Australian Public Servants, and third party civilian contractors.

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Q.3 What types of cancer treatment will DVA pay for?

Answer

  • DVA will pay for treatment for all cancers, including throat cancer, prostate cancer and skin cancer.

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Q.4 I have other conditions caused by my service at the nuclear tests. Can I be compensated for them?

Answer

  • You may be entitled to claim benefits under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 or under the Special Administrative Scheme arrangements.
  • Information regarding these programs can be obtained from the following areas:

If you were a member of the Australian Defence Force, you should call your DVA State Office on 133 254, or your local Veterans’ Affairs Network office on 1300 55 1918.

If you were an Australian Public Servant, you should call Comcare on 1300 366 979.

If you were a third party civilian contractor who participated in the British Nuclear Test Program, you should call the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations on (02) 6121 6742.

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Q.5 How do nuclear test participants access health care?

Answer

  • They will be issued with a “White Repatriation Health Card - For Specific Conditions”, which will allow them to access treatment for all cancers at DVA’s expense when they visit a DVA provider who agrees to treat them under DVA health arrangements.

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